NUS Environment Association Celebrates The Official Closing of Its Pilot Project
NUS ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES THE OFFICIAL CLOSING OF ITS PILOT PROJECT
“The Future of the Green of the Pacific”
(National University of Samoa Press Release, Apia- June 25, 2021) – Lanulau’ava Student Association (LSA) announced today the official closing of their pilot project in partnership with Samoa Conservation Society, Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, National University of Samoa and funded by the British High Commission: “The Future of the Green of the Pacific” or “Lo’u Lumana’i Lanulau’ava”.
Lo’u Lumana’i Lanulau’ava is a two-part project that allowed the student association to facilitate the one day workshop hosted at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel on March 11th that focused on the impacts of climate change and to host a carbon audit of the NUS Mountainside and Oceanside campus. This project aims to educate Samoan youths on the science behind the cause and effects of Climate Change as well as encouraging them to pursue Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers in the future. The project also aims to accomplish global climate action targets to prepare Samoa for COP26 next year in the United Kingdom.
His excellency, Mr Ian Richards of the British High Commission, congratulated the Student Association on a job well done and expressed his appreciation towards the teachers of Upolu and Savaii that were present.
Vice Chancellor of the National University of Samoa Professor Aiono Dr. Alec Ekeroma congratulated and encouraged the students association to strive for the best, he also ensured that the recommendation of the report prepared by LSA will be carried out by the University.
President of LSA Grace Ah Young summarised what the project ‘Lo’u Lumana’i Lanulauava’ means as well as explaining its core values and goals
Vice President Okalani Mariner acknowledged the presence of His Excellency, Acting British High Commissioner to Samoa Mr Ian Richards, Professor Aiono Alec Ekeroma and President of Samoa Conservation Society (SCS) James Atherton. Ms Mariner also facilitated a Talanoa Session panelled by Ms Ah Young, Academic Secretary and Co-Lead Project Julie Malolo and Eric Groves Manager of NUS Planning Unit.
The young group of passionate youth members not only conducted a carbon audit on the `NUS campus but also managed to encourage 12 schools across Samoa to direct their own.
The team gave the students tools and advice needed to audit their own schools and find alternative ways to offset their greenhouse gas emissions by planting trees.
The main goal of the carbon audit was to successfully calculate the carbon footprint of the National University of Samoa. However, LSA engaged high schools from across
Samoa in the Carbon Audit process because we wanted to foster curiosity and passion within the youth of Samoa and encourage community participation.